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UTA In The News — Thursday, April 17, 2014

Thursday, April 17, 2014

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The National Endowment for the Arts announced Wednesday that it’s awarding $74.85 million in grants for the second half of the fiscal year for a wide variety of projects, including one at UT Arlington that was highlighted in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Miami Herald and the Charlotte Observer. Researchers at UT Arlington will make four case studies of cities to determine the connection between arts and craft producers and urban economies.

A University of Texas at Arlington physicist working to create a luminescent nanoparticle to use in security-related radiation detection may have instead happened upon an advance in photodynamic cancer therapy, according to the websites Science NewsLine, MedIndia and Nanotechnology Now.  Wei Chen, professor of physics and co-director of UT Arlington’s Center for Security Advances Via Applied Nanotechnology, recently published the results of his work with a newly-developed copper-cysteamine on the website of the Journal of Biomedical Nanotechnology. KTVT/CBS 11 also reported on the discovery.

Researchers from UT Arlington and Texas Health Arlington Memorial described a new bone tissue generation technique in a recent paper published by PLoS One, D Healthcare Daily and the website Hispanic Business reported. Liping Tang, UT Arlington bioengineering chair and professor, is one of the leaders of the research team. The procedure could help with open bone fractures, osteomyelitis, fractures that fail to heal, congenital malformations, tumors and, in a more general sense, perhaps osteoporosis.

The Spanish-language newspaper Al Dia featured a column on Antonio Flores, president of the National Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, who was set to speak at UT Arlington Wednesday. Flores planned to talk about the changing demographics in higher education during the Distinguished Lecture at the Center for Mexican American Studies. The column originally appeared in The Dallas Morning News.